The Latest News from Our Field

We curate a digest of the latest news in our field for advocates, policymakers, community coalitions and all who work toward shaping policies and practices to effectively prevent substance use and treat addiction.

Schwarzenegger: Let's Debate Marijuana Legalization

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week that he is "for an open debate" on the question of whether marijuana should be legalized, taxed and regulated in order to generate revenue for the state.

Tobacco Activist Corr Approved for HHS Deputy's Job

William Corr, formerly the head of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), has been confirmed as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate.

Obama's First Budget Supports Drug Courts, Eliminates Drug-Free Schools

The first budget plan submitted to Congress by President Barack Obama includes an overall increase in funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) but calls for elimination of the Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFS) state grants program as part of $17 billion in cuts to programs deemed wasteful or ineffective.

Training for Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws

The U.S. Justice Department's Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award $2 million for a program to provide training and technical assistance to state and local Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) programs.

Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants

Nonprofits and federally recognized Indian tribes may apply for grants to provide mentoring services under the Second Chance Act, which provides addiction treatment, employment counseling and other services to individuals leaving prison or jail.

Family Drug Court Program

The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award grants of up to $500,000 to support family drug court programs.

Experts Embrace New Screening Tool for Doctors

Health experts are implementing a screening tool from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to help doctors screen patients for addiction behaviors during every visit.

One in Five Preventable Deaths Caused by Smoking

Smoking-related diseases cause about one out of every five preventable deaths in the U.S., making cigarettes the leading killer and even slightly eclipsing high blood pressure.

Study: Secondhand Smoke May Lower Kids' Antioxidant Levels

Children exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke have lower levels of antioxidants -- chemicals that protect against biological stresses -- a new study has found.

N.J. Considers Immunity for Underage Drinkers Who Seek Emergency Help

The New Jersey Senate is considering legislation that would shield minors from prosecution if they call the police for help when friends need medical attention because they drank too much alcohol.

Nominee for HHS Deputy Won't Work on Tobacco Issues

The Obama administration's rules on lobbyists holding government jobs would prevent a former tobacco-prevention advocate from working on tobacco issues as the second-highest official in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).